This is the second post I didn’t manage to post/finish that was dated: 14 March, Monday.

I had screenshot my progress along the way, but I didn’t have time to post it up.



I have already decided on my 6 POVs!


POV 1- Beauty from the POV of a mother is a child’s innocence.

POV 2-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is animals

POV 3-Beauty from the POV of Dadaists is ‘Degenerate Art’

POV 4-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is a clean country

POV5-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is Aryans

POV 6- Beauty from the POV of survivors is freedom



Here are some of my in-work-progress shots I took, and I explain some of my thoughts behind it.


POV 1- Beauty from the POV of a mother is a child’s innocence.

I initially wanted to place baby Hitler riding his dog to convey a child’s imagination, so I used the clone stamp tool to extend the rest of the dog’s head to create a body. Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.43.04 PM


While it looked pretty believable, I decided to scrap it because I found another picture of a dog that he drew and I felt that drawing would be a better match for the painting and convey the more colourful vibe.


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Testing out with both dogs.

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After deciding on this dog, I used the pattern stamp tool to have the same type of grass as in the drawing. I wanted to have that artificial look to reflect the ideal this point of view has and it helped to make the composition more brighter and colourful, compared to the more natural looking grass which was relatively dull.

I also wanted to incorporate this barbed wire into the compositions a subtle way to foreshadow the concentration camps Hitler would later command to build. However, I decided against it because I wanted the composition to be void of any hidden symbolism and have it straightforward-much like a child’s innocence. Also, I was reminded that this is his mother’s POV, therefore, she would have only a purely loving perspective of her child.


I was also thinking of putting in his mom and have her interact with baby Hitler in the collage. However, I felt that it was there was no real purpose to put her inside other than the fact that he was her mother. She didn’t need to be present in other to depict her POV.



POV 2-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is animals

One of my initial ideas was to use this photo of the non-Aryan people being forced to clean the streets in this manner 🙁 , to have them look like ‘deers feeding on the grass’.


However, after some consideration, I realised that there would be no eye contact between Hitler and the people kneeling on the floor, so I went for another photo.

All these photos really break my heart. But doing this project, I had to somewhat switch off this part of myself and just focus on relaying the message. It’s kind of twisted that I have to turn a blind eye doing this project on Hitler and beauty.




Option 1-with squirrel


Option 2- with dog




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Decided to add in one more person

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I did the same as POV 1- Used the pattern stamp tool to cover the soil from the original image of the people.


I went for Option 2 because his facial expression is more distinct- shows that he’s smiling, and the previous image of Hitler had no correct line of gaze (?) with the people lying/sitting on the floor.

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I also wanted to add in the officials standing by Hitler’s side, smiling- but I thought it would detract the focus between the interaction of him and the people lying on the ground.




POV 3-Beauty from the POV of Dadaists is ‘Degenerate Art’

The process of doing this wasn’t so serious and was more fun to do. I stepped into the shoes of a Dada artists and tried to imagine what art I would have wanted to create to ‘rebel’ against Hitler’s control of art. So, I thought it would be funny to use Hitler’s painting and and photos against him to create a piece of art he would hate.


Hitler in a ridiculous pose (he hated this photo)

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POV 4-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is a clean country

One initial idea I had was to make use of these two photos:

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So, Hitler and his dog would be looking down from the mountain, but at the bottom of the mountain, would be all these people digging. However, I felt that the message wouldn’t be that clear and using a shocking image of a pile of corpses hidden as it is resized to a smaller image would be better. Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.43.55 AM

I spent a long time trying to extend the railing and make it look as seamless as possible, again using the clone stamp tool and the pattern stamp tool.


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Another thing I struggled with was finding high resolution images of Hitler- so that’s one big thing I wish I could have done better- but it’s quite impossible to have really high res images of historical figures. But on the other hand, the graininess lends a gritty quality to the compositions.


POV5-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is Aryans



This was one of the very first compositions I tried which was a huge fail.

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So I layered two paintings over each other.

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I tried to depict the Aryan family in a river of blond hair. I actually kind of liked it. Actually, I’m not sure why I scrapped it. Maybe it was because I wanted higher contrast and the green grass to show.

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I tried to give them a ‘glow’ but also largely failed.

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I tried it with only one painting- notice there are no high mountains. It was too plain. I also had to extend his legs using my favourite tool haha.



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POV 6- Beauty from the POV of survivors is freedom




I loved this happy photo of the concentration camp survivors and wanted to take advantage of their hands raised in victory.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a colourful blue sky to show the start of a new life.


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It wasn’t really a good idea..

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It looked too artificial- as if they were posing in front of a green screen.

So I thought it would be more meaningful and symbolic if I had the open gates of the concentration camp behind them, as if saying they had escaped Hitler’s oppressive rule on them.









I forgot to post this post on my process- it was saved in my drafts unfinished, so I’m posting it now!

Dated: 10 March 2016

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Group consultation notes:

-I wasn’t able to show my Photoshop composition to my classmates because my Photoshop broke down…

-However, I did run by them my concepts- they didn’t have much to say, well because I didn’t show them anything. I tried to describe the room in the womb composition to them, but I think nobody understood what I was talking about so they didn’t answer me when i asked them what they thought about it.

-Joy did give me some food for thought- she suggested I do the whole project about Hitler and beauty??!!  (She says its so that I have its better for my art direction- so i would know what style to use and all that )It sounds like an interesting idea.. but I’m not sure.


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As of right now, I’m deciding between two concepts:

  1. Ironic/twisted situations
  • POV of rabbit VS POV of child
  • POV of son VS POV of mother (murderer)
  • POV of Hitler VS POV of mother

2. Hitler??

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  1. Beauty from the POV of Hitler is blue eyes, fair skin, blond hair:
    • I started on the composition for the POV from Hitler again, although I’m still not really sure what I’m doing- I’m just playing around in Photoshop.
    • My idea behind this is that I want to make use of the adjectives (blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin), and incorporate it into the view Hitler looks out of. So, to him it’s like the ideal landscape, playing on the term ‘Lebensraum’ (living space for Hitler and his Aryans).
    • I wanted to make it seem that he was looking out into the open and even then all he sees is the beautiful- which is fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes.
    • I tried using a nose (to depict fair skin) and blond hair to ‘blend’ into his painting, but there is not much contrast because everything is already relatively beige/brown and it doesn’t look interesting visually.
    • Conversely, I was thinking of putting a blue eye as the sun, but I felt that it would look too jarring and out of place since the long hair and fair skin almost camouflages into the painting.

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2. Beauty from the POV of a mother is the baby in her:2. I was also thinking, for the accompanying POV from Hitler’s mother, it might be interesting to have this painting he did of a house, tinted red in Photoshop for 2 reasons:

a) To mimic the inside of a uterus (I had this idea from the article about Canary Island spa shown below.

b) To foreshadow the bloodshed he will cause when he grows up to become a murderer.

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My topic for Project 2’s ‘Point-of-Views’ is on ‘Beauty’. But what is even weirder is that my concept revolves around ‘Beauty’ and Hitler– what does Hitler find beautiful? Or what do the people around him find beautiful as well?

The topic of Hitler came about when I was exploring POVs for ‘Happiness’ and I came up with a POV: “Happiness from the POV of Hitler is: blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin”. Everything kind of led towards Hitler after that, mainly because for IGCSEs I studied about Germany and Hitler for a year or half a year? (Not 2 years, sorry everyone, my mistake!) I can’t really remember  how long but it felt like it was a really long time. What really pushed me to head to this concept was during a group consultation when Joy suggested that I just focus all my POVs on Hitler. I was a bit taken aback, but I did it and here’s how it went:



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It was rather challenging to come up with solutions to Hitler’s POV of beauty, not because there was a lack of knowledge of what he liked/ preferred, but rather, doing everything from Hitler’s POV would have been rather dull and superficial.

So, although my overarching concept was based on Hitler and beauty, I decided to widen my scope and introduce POVs of others, but at the same time still being very relevant to Hitler. I found that doing this added more depth to my project and execution as the juxtaposing POVs on beauty helped me emphasise certain elements more.

*Sorry for the quality of the images, OSS doesn’t allow me to upload high res images 🙁


The format that I chose to present:


The right column (2,4,5) : Hitler’s POVs

The left column represents (1,3,6) : Other’s POVs

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In this composition, I wanted it to really reflect a child’s innocence, so I chose not to use any symbolism or hidden imagery in it.

I was actually thinking of putting in barbed wires in the background to foreshadow concentration camps, but I decided against it and just leave it simple. Because to think of it, if I was really to trying depict a mother’s POV, she would find this simple, everyday situation beautiful and she would find not fault in this picture.

Therefore, what you see here is what you get,: a baby Hitler is sitting with his dog on the grass in peace. One thing I wanted to point out is that I decided to use the grass from the painting of the dog and cover it over the original grass was because the drawing Hitler drew of the dog had a bright, colourful palette and I wanted to use that bright colour, to have an element that is reminiscent of children’s drawing.

Hitler’s art used:


Handout photo of a painting entitled 'Outskirts of a town with bridge and figures', dated 1909, by Adolf Hitler, which is to be auctioned today - along with 12 other works - at Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire. It is expected to fetch £600 to £800. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 23, 2009. The collection will form part of a historical documents, autographs and ephemera sale by specialist auctioneer Mullock's at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire. See PA story SALE Hitler. Photo credit should read: Mullock's Auctioneers/PA Wire


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As I was doing more research on Nazi policies and what Hitler liked/disliked, I learned something extremely interesting. The Nazis had strict policies on animal rights, and those who mistreated their pets could be jailed for 2 years. I also found out that Hitler was a vegetarian. All this seemed very ironic and twisted to me. But it seems that the Nazis also discriminated a portion of animals- pets belonging to Jews and other non-Aryan races had to be euthanised. I wanted tot translate this irony, this twisted perception of mercy in this POV.

Therefore, in this composition I wanted to depict a hypothetical situation: What if Hitler treated the Jews the same way as he treated animals? You could easily find photos of Hitler smiling and lovingly (can I use this word for this man?) at dogs or deers as he fed them.

Hitler especially loved dogs and had several drawing of them. I thought it would be interesting to have him with his dog in each composition he is in, and to further highlight my hypothetical situation, this was the only composition where Hitler is without his dog- to emphasise that the Jewish people lying on the ground are meant to replace the animal- not in a disrespectful way- but to show the irony that Hitler would only look at them, smiling, (I photoshopped the squirrel he was feeding out of the photo) if they were simply animals and not human beings who happened to be Jews.

As for the choice of background, I used this desolate drawing he made, just to mimic where the scenery of where he would usually be when feeding animals/ walking with his dog.



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This piece was slightly more fun and carefree to do, as I embraced the spirit of Dadaism.

When the Nazis came to power, they controlled everything- from radio and television broadcasts, music, book and art. I read about how Hitler hated modernism and all forms of it- he preferred the traditional methods of painting- art portraying the supreme race, power, landscape etc. Surrealism, Dadaism and all other forms of Modern Art was banned. The Nazis even had an exhibition titled “Degenerate Art or something” where they ridiculed these artists, put graffitti and hung their art askew, and encouraged the public to see how ‘crazy’ these artists were. The fact that they went to the extent to hold an exhibition for ‘Degenerate Art’ showed how extreme they were.

Hence, this composition is meant to show the POV of a Dadaist and I tried to imagine how a Dada artist might react to the Nazi’s extreme actions. Using Hitler’s photos and his own drawings/paintings in this piece would magnify the act of ‘rebellion’ and add humour to it- almost like Hitler spitting in their face, but they deflect his spit back his on face. There’s no concrete reason why I arranged the composition the way I did, but I suppose I somewhat consciously wanted to have the arms pet the dog aka Hitler. My main aim was to ridicule Hitler as much as possible- so the photo I took was actually one his photographer was commanded to discard but he didn’t. Hitler hated that photo, well because he looked ridiculous.

*It’s also a bit ironic- how he him being depicted as a dog ‘degrades him’ from Hitler’s POV, whereas the non-Aryan people being depicted as dogs is supposed to ‘increase their status’ from Hitler’s POV.



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Going back to the point in POV 2 where I mentioned that there were many photos of Hitler walking with his dog in the mountains, looking at the picture in its original context, I imagined Hitler to be enjoying the view with his dog from above. So I wanted to change that scenario and depict him imagining a different view. Visual pleasure is derived from beauty, so getting into his twisted murderous mind, I would think that to him, a beautiful view is a ‘clean’ country- one with no impure races.

I kept this composition relatively simple like POV 2 to relay his POV. I wanted it to make it seem like he is showing his dog ‘a beautiful sight’- the mountains- but with a pile of dead bodies at the bottom. Therefore, he is enjoying the view of his dream of a ‘clean country’.


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Hitler had always wanted Lebensraum, living space for him and his Aryans to live.

I wanted to show Hitler looking out to his larger-than-life ideal Aryan family just casually sitting amongst the mountains majestically as if they own the land. I played with the scale and made the family larger because I wanted to make it seem like Hitler is visualising his dreams, and it’s literally larger than life. Hence, the background and the family are all in colour, while Hitler and his dog are in reality looking out to his ideals.

For the background, I merged two of his paintings together to get the colours and the mountains. I increased the saturation of the painting to match the colours of the Aryan family and make it seamless.



Hitler’s art used:

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Nazi propaganda poster used:

(I just realised this was the only art I used that wasn’t Hitler’s! Oops.)




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This last composition was a bit tricky to do, and I struggled in knowing how to depict ‘freedom’ without being cliched. The freedom of the survivors= Hitler’s death. I  was considering something along the lines of having the prisoners stand on Hitler’s dead body, or a collage of Hitler’s ‘dismembered’ body parts? It was all too vulgar and direct. I think last minute pressure really pushed me to think and I decided to depict the survivor’s freedom through the shattering of Hitler’s dream/ideals. Like how hunters pose with the kill after they shoot, I wanted to mimic that same celebratory mood with the prisoners holding pieces of Hitler’s paintings in their hands.

Another thing that was important was the background. Many of the photos had the ‘non-Aryans’ behind the gates, so having the people in front of the gates was a more subtle way to depict them having escaped from the nightmare, and the absence of Hitler is the main giveaway that he has died.



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I didn’t really talk about my reference artists in my presentation, so I wanted to use this opportunity to show how I have managed to bring in my research into my actual works.


Eugenia Loli

If you look at my compositions, you can see I was certainly inspired by the surrealism of her collages.Although my main focus wasn’t surrealism as I intended it to be, the creativity and imagination she showed in her collages pushed me to think more creatively and experiment with pictures. It’s not that easy to create collages, and you would need an eye for it and a lot of practise to reach the level Loli has. It was definitely enjoyable doing it although it took a lot of trial and error.




I was inspired by Blick to juxtapose black and white with colour to bring emphasis and meaning. In addition to giving a striking contrast, it allowed my compositions to have another layer of meaning. In each composition, Hitler is depicted in black and white, or rather, each I used black and white to represent reality- something that has passed. Conversely, the colours represents an ideal/ vision and sets a background to a hypothetical or perhaps impossible situation.


Molly Jey

Although I planned on incorporating some of my own illustrations/ paper cut but didn’t manage to do it, I was inspired by Molly Jey’s work in that she creates depth by layering. It might be just a small thing, but I wanted to create this small pop-out effect with hitler’s photos to create some distance between him and his ideals/visions, therefore I used the drop shadow effect in Photoshop. Having the shadows make it seem like Hitler is an actor against a backdrop.






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From the class:

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From Joy:

(Again, I can’t remember what exactly Joy said, but this was the impression I received)

  • She liked that I went through the presentation from the beginning to the end in logical order I guess, haha. My presentations are usually all over the place, so perhaps I relayed my thoughts/process/concept in a more organised manner.
  • She also liked how, in the last composition, in reference to Hitler’s death, there was no need for Hitler to be physically there. Rather, the survivors were holding onto fragments of his painting was used as a symbol.
  • She liked that my concept was a refreshing take on Beauty.


Thanks everyone! (:


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  • Concept: I’m glad that I finally really took Joy’s advice for once (I always try to follow her advice, but I somehow stray away from it and do my own thing), because or else I would have gone a different route with the ‘Ironic/Twisted situations’, and in hindsight, the emphasis would have been placed on the twist in narrative rather than exploring/depicting POVs creatively.


  • Reference artists: I’m also extremely happy that I managed to actually use inspiration from all my reference artists, and that you can actually see how I was inspired by each of them. I’m not saying it’s necessarily good/bad to have your work be reminiscent of another artist’s, but channelling their style and methods can sometimes push you even further creatively than just relying on your own sense of style/design/method.


  • Presentation: I was less nervous for this presentation, mainly because I was prepared. I felt that I somewhat relayed my points clearly and logically, and that it wasn’t so scattered. However, my presentation skills still have a long way to go and my next aim is to have a printed script and up my presentation game.


Overall, I feel very positive about this project, however, I could definitely improve my execution, trying to find high res images for the collages, having better process sketches and work and of course, my presentation skills (!). This was definitely a step out of my comfort zone in terms of concept and execution, as I’m still not very comfortable with using Photoshop. I’m really glad I did this project!

Also, thank you Joy for always pushing me to go out of my comfort zone!

















I did some proper brainstorming this time, and explored 4 topics :

  • A tree
  • Courage
  • Ugly
  • Beauty

Thinking of point of views is not as easy as you think. It requires creativity to really think outside the box rather than just state obvious point of views. Some topics really stumped me- for instance the subject of a tree. Somehow it was really difficult to think of interesting perspectives. I really liked Jie Lin’s take on the topic of ghosts- specifically one line ” A book from the point of view of a tree is a ghost”. I have to applaud her for that one, it’s witty and creative.


Please click on the images for a better view.

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It was by the time I got to beauty that I realised the POV came more naturally to me than the others. I came up with a few ideas which I showed to Joy.




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  • Joy felt that was most potential in the topic of ‘Beauty’ (maybe because I had more POVS for that?). I asked her about choosing ‘Beauty’ VS ‘Ugly’, and she recommended that I did ‘ Beauty’ instead, with the reasoning that it’s harder to agree that something is ugly. I couldn’t really digest what she was saying haha, but that was what I took away from it. She suggested that I could instead imply ugly in beauty.


  • I told her that I was a bit stuck in choosing the 6 POVS to move forward and she gave me an different perspective. She pointed out that my POVs varied from ‘Process’ to ‘Completion’. For instance, “Beauty from the POV of a mother is a baby growing inside of her” VS “Beauty from the POV of Hitler is blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin.” She also suggested that I explore the various scales and the extent of beauty- how some is less beautiful than the other- and how to represent that.


  • Last of all, she asked me how I wanted to execute my solutions. I told her that I was thinking of doing some illustrations because I wanted to move away from merely doing paper cutting. I still want to do collage, since I haven’t done that before, but I’d like to try incorporating collage with some of my illustrations. I’m not very confident at drawing things, but I’ll just attempt it anyways.


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  1. Choose 6 POVs
  2. Solidify concept
  3. Research on reference artists for illustrations. Re-consider style
  4. Prepare sketches for group consultation next week so classmates can actually see and provide feedback